January 12, 2017

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awards $1.9 million in grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton recently announced $1,918,898 in grants for the third and fourth quarters of 2016 to meet the diverse needs of the poor and underserved in the Canton community.

President Joni Close said, “The foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary at a recent event, with nearly 300 community partners and friends listening to the wise words of Father Gregory Boyle. Father Boyle challenged us to create a ‘circle of compassion’ that includes all of us, including the ‘easily despised and the left out.’ Since its inception, the Foundation has worked to do exactly that, by investing more than $53.5 million to improve the lives of the poor and underserved in Stark and surrounding counties. More importantly, we have worked collaboratively with so many to widen the circle of compassion and to be inclusive of all.”

Grants were awarded to: 

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, $5,000 to explore opportunities for a food security hub in Stark County (in collaboration with the Stark Community and Paul and Carol David foundations)

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, $42,500 to support the implementation of a merger with Community Harvest (in collaboration with the Stark Community and Paul and Carol David foundations)

Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, $7,000 over two years to support one-time expenses that help clients to move out of shelters and into permanent housing 

Alliance for Children and Families, $16,600 over two years to support one-time expenses that help clients to move out of shelters and into permanent housing

Canton City Health Department, $75,000 over two years to support the Stark County THRIVE comprehensive evaluation

Canton Local School District, $1,000 to support the Fresh Start program 

Caring and Serving Together, $9,600 over three years to support the CAST Apprenticeship and

Mentoring Program (CAMP)

CommQuest Services, Inc., $100,000 for capital campaign support 

CommQuest Services, Inc., $11,200 over two years to support one-time expenses that help clients move out of shelters and into permanent housing

Community Legal Aid Services, Inc., $48,300 to expand legal services for low-income individuals with housing issues

Early Childhood Resource Center, $454,912 to support professional development, family programming, SPARK in Canton and Minerva, and management of SPARK replication

Echoing Hills Village, $12,000 to offer young adults with developmental disabilities opportunities for hands-on experiences in the community

Faith in Action of Western Stark County, $10,000 over two years to provide transportation, holiday dinners, and gift baskets for senior citizens

Friends of Stark Parks, $27,420 over three years for administrative support to allow the Live Well Stark County coalition to continue increasing access to nutritious foods, promoting healthy lifestyles, and decreasing childhood obesity

Friends of Stark Parks $100,000 to support the Fry Family Park project 

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, $33,100 over two years to support the transition of several troops to a traditional troop model in Canton City schools 

Homeboy Industries, $5,000 in honor of Father Gregory Boyle, the Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration speaker

ICAN Housing Solutions, Inc. $77,330 to support rapid re-housing services to move families with children out of shelters

Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio, Inc., $6,560 to support the Career Connections program for Canton City high school students

Meals on Wheels of Wayne and Stark Counties,  $6,800 to support the purchase of equipment and parts to repair its blast chiller

Mercy Medical Center, $150,000 over three years to support the dental clinics at Mercy Medical Center and St. Paul Square

Mercy Medical Center, $4,200 for sponsor support for Mercy Service League’s Harvest Ball

OneEighty, Inc., $38,000 for implementation of a mobile application to support clients who are in recovery from addiction

Pathway Caring for Children, $8,500 over two years to enhance a mentoring program for children involved in its foster care or mental health programs 

Pegasus Farm, $46,880 over two years to support expansion of its garden, compost operations, and community education (in collaboration with the Stark Community and Paul and Carol David foundations)

Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, Inc., $250,000 over three years to support operations

Refuge of Hope, $24,000 over two years to support one-time expenses that help clients move out of shelters and into permanent housing

Stark County Job and Family Services, $30,000 for new furnishings and equipment for its child and family visitation center  

Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, $185,000 over three years to support suicide prevention efforts

Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, $10,000 over two years to support one-time expenses that help clients move out of shelters and into permanent housing

Stark Metropolitan Housing, $870 to support a staff member's attendance at the National Alliance to End Homelessness conference in Washington, DC

Thanksgiving Baskets Downtown, Inc., $2,000 to support 2016 Thanksgiving Baskets Downtown, in honor of the Foundation’s 20th anniversary

Warrior Beat, $7,800 for start-up costs for a therapeutic drum circle program for veterans

Wee Care Center, $10,126 to support the ongoing professional development required to maintain a four-star rating in the state’s voluntary quality rating system

YWCA of Canton, $75,000 over three years to support the housing officer position

YWCA of Canton, $6,000 to support incentives to encourage staff of Continuum of Care-funded housing projects to complete online training on the social security income and social security disability programs available to clients

YWCA of Canton, $21,200 over two years to support one-time expenses that help clients move out of shelters and into permanent housing

The Sisters of Charity Foundation is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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